The Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium) has been organizing annual colloquia since 1959. This year’s colloquium was on antibiotic resistance, and was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 5th to 7th December. I was fortunate enough to be invited for the event, which featured speakers from the ITM (naturally) as well as regional and […]

I had the honour of being invited to attend the workshop and seminar in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This event – held today and tomorrow – is organized by the Ministry of Health Malaysia in collaboration with the US Embassy in Malaysia as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). It was a far larger […]

By a curious twist of coincidence, I received two notices of powdered infant formula milk recall due to Cronobacter sakazakii today. The first was from the SGH Microbiology blogger, who forwarded the abstract to a paper published by Chilean scientists in Frontiers in Microbiology last month. Following the June 2017 alert issued by the Chilean Ministry of […]

The abovementioned conference was held at the Khanh Hoa Convention Centre (the main auditorium resembles concert theatre) in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The primary organisers were the National Hospital for Infectious Diseases (NHTD), Vietnam Society of Infectious Diseases (VSID), Vietnam Clinical of HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS), Vietnam Society of Parasitology (VSP), Oxford Clinical Research Unit Vietnam (OUCRU), […]

My colleagues (from SSHSPH) and I had performed a review of leptospirosis a few months back, and coincidentally I was asked to provide some input for the mainstream media (behind a paywall). It is a very interesting infection from the academic/clinical perspective, and there are a number of excellent reviews, notably here and here (behind […]

I was honoured to provide a citation for Prof Koh Tse Hsien, a.k.a. the microbiology blogger, yesterday. He is the fourth person invited to deliver the Monteiro lecture, which was established in 2012 by the Chapter of Infectious Diseases Physicians, College of Physicians, Academy of Medicine and the Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore). The citation is […]

In reference to the recent case vignette, the eponymous Dr André Alfred Lemierre – Professor of Bacteriology at the Claude Bernard Hospital –  described the syndrome bearing his name in several papers, the most detailed being a report to the Lancet that was published on 28th March 1936. However, Dr Lemierre claimed that he was […]